INTRO: Well this is my 6th year doing this list and normally I do it at the end of December but due to the Marine Corps having me move from Washington DC to California, it has taken me a little longer to get this list out. By now if you are reading this you know the drill. Some of these movies I’m sure you have heard of but hopefully I can fill some people in on some cool upcoming movies that they may not have heard of yet.

Looking back at last year’s list, I feel like I did a really good job with the exception of two movies being delayed from 2012 to 2013 (The Great Gatsby and Gravity). But if you look back at last year’s list, I’m sure you’ll agree that I had some solid picks. This year was difficult choosing just because there are some potentially amazing movies coming out but due to lack of any trailers or clips or promotional work, I haven’t been able to tell in which direction they will swing. So I’m sure I’ll look back and see I left some good ones out but I feel like I’ve made some pretty solid choices this year as to what people should see. I’ll be missing out on a lot of these due to being deployed for 7 months so I’m sure as soon as I get back I will try to catch up on every movie I missed and when I’m home next I would love to catch a film with a fellow movie fan, which if you are tagged in this or reading this, you are.

Please provide feedback and let me know which movies you agree look awesome, which movies I totally got wrong and what I left out! Here’s to 2013 being a strong year for cinema (as 2012 was) so please enjoy reading…


20. Pacific Rim

(July 11th 2013)

19. Elysium

(August 9th 2013)

18. The Hangover Part III

(May 24th 2013)

17. The Place Beyond the Pines

(March 29th 2013)

16. Thor: The Dark World

(November 8th 2013)

15. World War Z

(June 20th 2013)

14. Anchorman: The Legend Continues

(December 20th 2013)

13. The Great Gatsby

(May 10th 2013)

12. Star Trek: Into Darkness

(May 17th 2013)

11. Iron Man 3

(May 3rd 2013)

10. Kick-Ass 2

Release Date: August 16th 2013

Director: Jeff Wadlow

Screenwriter: Jeff Wadlow

Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Morris Chestnut, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison, Jim Carrey

Rating: R for strong violence, pervasive language, crude and sexual content and brief nudity

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Plot Summary: Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: “Kick-Ass 2.” After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as The Mother F%&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy. Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire—leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high-school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world’s first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there’s only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all.

9. The Wolf of Wall Street

Release Date: December 25th 2013

Director: Martin Scorsese

Screenwriter: Terence Winter

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler, Jean Dujardin, Margot Robbie, Jon Bernthal, Rob Reiner, Jon Favreau, P.J. Byrne, Matthew McConaughey

Rating: R for sequences of strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language throughout and for some violence

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Plot Summary: Based on Jordan Belfort’s best-selling memoir “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which chronicles Belfort’s dramatic rise and fall on Wall Street, along with his hard-partying lifestyle and tumultuous personal life, which included drug and alcohol addiction.

8. Man of Steel

Release Date: June 14th 2013

Director: Zack Snyder

Screenwriter: David S. Goyer

Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Russell Crowe

Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language

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Plot Summary: Henry Cavill plays Superman in director Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel.” The film also stars Amy Adams as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, and Laurence Fishburne as her editor-in-chief, Perry White. Starring as Clark Kent’s adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, are Diane Lane and Kevin Costner. Squaring off against the superhero are two other surviving Kryptonians, the villainous General Zod, played by Michael Shannon, and Faora, Zod’s evil partner, played by Antje Traue. Also from Superman’s native Krypton are Lara Lor-Van, Superman’s mother, played by Ayelet Zurer, and Superman’s father, Jor-El, portrayed by Russell Crowe. Rounding out the cast are Harry Lennix as U.S. military man General Swanwick, as well as Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy.

7.   Sin City: A Dame To Kill For

Release Date: *DELAYED UNTIL 2014*

Directors: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller

Screenwriters: Frank Miller, William Monahan

Starring: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Jamie Chung, Dennis Haysbert

Rating: R for strong brutal stylized violence throughout, sexual content, nudity, and brief drug use

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Plot Summary: “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” was developed by Frank Miller based upon his graphic novel, with a screenplay by Frank Miller and Academy Award winner William Monahan (“The Departed”).

6. This is the End

Release Date: June 14th 2013

Directors:  Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen

Screenwriters:  Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen

Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, Emma Watson

Rating: R for crude and sexual content throughout, brief graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violence

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Plot Summary: The comedy “This is the End” follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside. Once they discover that they are experiencing the Apocalypse, they must come to terms with why they were left behind. Eventually they are forced to leave the house, facing their fate and the true meaning of friendship and redemption.


What did you think of the list so far? Which movies do you think will be in my top 5 most anticipated films of 2013? Take a guess and let me know! Please provide feedback! Thank you 🙂

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